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Are my employers required to give me paid vacation?

MaryPat doesn’t fly around with a black umbrella, but she does have over 20 years of experience as a Child Development Expert. These posts will answer questions about child development concerns & managing your relationship with your employer or employee. Dear MaryPat, With the holidays coming up, I was wondering if my family is required to provide paid holidays and paid vacation time off? Any…

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What are some California laws relating to childcare?

We found some interesting facts in an article recently posted at SFGate.com … “California-Is it legal or not?” We picked a few that may relate to some childcare or family assistant duties. Some of these laws seemed pretty obvious, while others came as a bit of a surprise. You can check out the full list by clicking on the link above. Some of the more…

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A San Francisco Recycling Guide – Recycle, compost or trash?

During our last Housekeeper Training Seminar, “Professionalism & Communication as a Housekeeper,” one of our attendees requested more information on recycling and composting. It can be confusing trying to figure out what goes where! We found a great site called recologysf.com that makes the whole process a lot easier to understand with their Residential Recycling, Composting & Trash Services information. You can find detailed information…

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Obamacare Signup Deadline is on Monday

When is the deadline to sign up for Obamacare? Open enrollment for the Affordable Healthcare Act is on Monday, March 31st. If you don’t sign up by Monday, then you will have to pay a tax penalty. As this post at the KQED website describes, some people have been under the impression that the penalty is just $95 per person … but that’s just the…

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We have a new Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a new “Employment Eligibility Verification Form,” i.e., the so-called I-9 Form. The old one nominally expired last year, and the new one is now valid through March 31, 2016. Unfortunately, the form has grown considerably in size – the instructions have gone from 3 pages to 6 and the portion you and your new employee have…

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“Always negotiate based on gross, not net, pay”

This reminder from California attorney Bob King at www.legallynanny.com: “If you’re a family hiring someone in your home, always negotiate based on gross, not net, pay. Net pay agreements make it more difficult to calculate overtime and could allow the employee to overwithhold taxes at your expense. You can always determine the net pay, but any agreement should be based on gross hourly wages.” Why…

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“I am a household employer. Am I subject to OSHA?”

We were recently asked by a client whether they & their household were subject to OSHA requirements now that they had hired (in their case) a new Housekeeper. The short answer is “no.” While we’re not legal experts, our basic understanding is that the U.S. Department of Labor is authorized under applicable federal law to develop OSHA regulations, including regulations regarding who is covered and…

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